March 11, 2006
Minneapolis, Minn. - MIT's 800 free relay closed the second night of competition at the 2006 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships with a ninth-place finish and 18 points to move into 19th place out of 52 teams that have scored. The Engineers have two competitors in the 1650 free and a spot in the three-meter diving finals during Saturday's final session.
Doria Holbrook leads the field after six dives as she aims for her second consecutive NCAA crown on the three-meter board. Holbrook will complete five compulsory dives this afternoon before advancing to finals.
The 800 free relay received a tremendous effort from the start as junior Kate Thornton split a personal-record 1:56.50 to pace the attack. Nicole O'Keeffe and Julianna Edwards also flirted with personal bests, while sophomore Sasha Brophy anchored the finish. The Engineers' final clip of 7:48.56 finished two seconds off the Institute record.